A couple of years ago, we started making our own beer. My brother was kind of enough to buy me this beer making kit as a present. My wife and I were eager to try our hand at making beer and gave it a shot soon after receiving it. It was a little work to learn and a bit of planning, but the first batch was surprisingly drinkable. We brought it to a party in hopes that others might agree, but we were still nervous that it might go over badly. Fortunately other’s have agreed and one of my wife’s picky friends even requested at the next party.
I did say you can save money making your own beer, but I wanted to stress that you wouldn’t have to sacrifice quality. Let’s get back to the economics of beer. The price per bottle of a medium quality beer at my local grocery store is around 75 cents (if bought in a 12 or 24 case) to $1 (if bought in a 6-pack). The price of a beer making kit is around $20 and it makes around 50 beers. That’s a price of 40 cents a beer. If we apply a 35 cent a beer savings, we can determine that it takes about 200 bottles of beer, or 4 batches for the equipment to pay for itself. After that it’s all savings, accolades from friends, and satisfaction of creating something great from scratch.